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Protesters in Yemen demand former president be tried for crimes

By Ken Hanly     Mar 20, 2014 in Politics
Sanaa - In March of 2011 during the peak period of the Yemen protests that eventually toppled the regime of Ali Abdullah Saleh 45 protesters were killed when cornered by security forces.
On what is now called the Friday of Dignity March 18, 2011 over 200 also sustained injuries according to figures collected by Human Rights Watch. On the third anniversary there has been no dignity restored for Yemen. Amnesty International reported: "Three years have passed since the ‘Friday of Dignity’ killings and the Yemeni authorities have yet to carry out a credible investigation or deliver justice. Promises that an independent commission of inquiry would be set up by President Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi remain unfulfilled. By dragging their feet over ensuring a full and impartial investigation into these deaths, Yemen’s authorities are sending a disturbing message that justice and accountability are not a priority for them."
Protesters carrying an empty coffin chanted "no immunity for the killers..Saleh [former President Ali Abdullah Saleh] and his aides should be put on trial." The demonstration was organized by the Youth Revolutionary Council who were among those who planned the original protests against Saleh. Saleh stepped down in a deal that gave Saleh, his relatives, and cronies, immunity from prosecution for any crimes committed during his rule. The deal was brokered by the Gulf Cooperation Council supported by the U.S. Saleh's vice-president Mansur Hadi took over power and was later elected unopposed supported by the U.S. as well as the parliament: Hadi was the sole candidate in the presidential election that was held on 21 February 2012. His candidacy was backed by the ruling party as well as the parliamentary opposition The youth movement never accepted that Saleh should be immune from prosecution but he remains powerful and head of his party.
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